As thousands of cyber security jobs sit unfilled, companies are now changing their recruitment strategies to meet their own high demand for these positions. According to a report by CyberScoop, major companies recently announced that candidates will no longer be required to have a four-year degree. Additionally, these companies are looking to rework job descriptions, including simplifying requirements and removing gendered language or other language that may cause some candidates to feel they would not fit the role.
Bill Mead, M.Ed., started building websites in the mid-1990s…way back when the internet was just beginning to dip its toe into everyday life. “I saw the web—and web design—as an amazing field with lots of opportunity for expression, even in the very early years,” he said.
As an accomplished systems engineer for Boeing, Susan Boyland hadn’t planned on switching careers. But a work assignment involving creating a website for her team changed all of that. She discovered a talent and interest in website development and decided to take her self-taught skills to the next level.
Boyland enrolled in the online Web Development Certificate Program and completed the coursework while juggling a busy professional and personal life.
Meet Zeena Bhakta—she’s an analyst at the federal government in Washington, D.C. and a new graduate of the Web Development Certificate Program at UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education. While coding and web development are not part of her day job, Bhakta says she has always been interested in web development and wanted to prepare herself in the event her job may require these skills in the future. “With society’s increased dependence on technology such as web applications, I recognize there is a strong potential for a nexus between any job and the web/IT industry,” said Bhakta.